The Anatomy of an Android OS update – infograph by HTC

this is an amazing Infograph detailing the work needed to put out an update for Android by the HTC  since Google announces it (most OEM’s have a similar procedures), till it reaches the consumer, its a long process so no wonder they take some time to release software updates, speaking of which I’m waiting for my HTC One to update to KitKat, the site says its ready now. Yay!

for the source of the Infograph, click [Here]

Posted in Android, Infographic, Technology

Cool Places: The Falkirk Wheel, Scotland

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The Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift in Scotland. It connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. Named after the nearby town of Falkirk in central Scotland, the lift opened in 2002 [source]. A beautiful place, specially at night.

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To check the place on the map click here.

here is a video about The Falkirk Wheel.

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The Dinosaur Pet Guide – Infographic

Click image for full size

Click image for full size

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YouTube Rewind 2013

2013 is almost over, so Youtube celebrates all the popular videos, music and viral content in this one crazy mash-up.

 

 

I loved all the YouTube Celebrities here, like Jenna Marbles, Mystery Guitar man, Epic Meal Time, Glozell, Laina, Alex Day and Many other amazing people.

I love YouTube and I spend a lot of time watching, so this yearly YouTube tradition is really awesome.

check out the playlists:

Top Trending Viral Videos

Top Trending Music Videos

 

Here’s to 2014 YouTube videos, Viral content and memes :D

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These Birds are Goofy

hilarious video of Emu’s playing with a weasel toy

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AZO tricks and stunts 2013

this guy has been doing tricks and stunts year after year even before our blog, and he’s been getting better and better every year. I’m sure if you look around our blog you’ll find two or three of his earlier videos in, doesn’t matter though. here’s the 2013 video.

 

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Gamestick – a quick review

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note: all the images used in this post are taken from Google, because I’m lazy.

 

 

What is it?

 

GameStick is an android based gaming console,

it has a very small form factor making it very portable,

its made by PlayJam and the project was initiated in Kickstarter,

their campaign was very successful reaching over $650 thousand dollars.

and the GameStick is available now for the very low price of $80.

 

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The hardware

 

being an Android based device the GameStick

is internally very similar to the hardware found on smartphones and tablets,

on the outside it resembles a flash drive but with an HDMI instead if a USB tip,

anyone familiar with the Android based Tv boxes will quickly recognize the form factor.

 

here are some of the tech specs of the GameStick :

  • ARM® CORTEX™ – A9 CPU
  • MALI™ – 400 GPU
  • Onboard Storage 8GB
  • 32GB Micro SD Card Support
  • Built in 802.11 b/g/n Wifi
  • 1080p Video Playback
  • Bluetooth® 4.0
  • 1 x Micro USB Port (Stick)
  • 1 x Micro USB Port (Controller)
  • Bluetooth® HID Android Compatible Controller

 

I think the hardware would’ve been better, but the device works and boots just fine,

the beauty of the GameStick is that it fits right into the Controller in a specially design bay

which makes it easier to pack and just adds to the portable feel of the device.

I think the build quality of both the GameStick and the controller are superb,

and I found the controller to be very responsive and it feels sturdy in the hand.

 

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but I should note that the GameStick needs an External power source,

usually powered by a USB if your TV has one, or the supplied power brick.

the GameStick uses a standard Micro USB to power up,

and that makes it kinda less portable.

 

this is the kickstarter edition GameStick, just like the one I have

this is the kickstarter edition GameStick, just like the one I have

 

The Software and Games
I really liked the interface of the GameStick,

it is a very simple and clean UI that really fits the console,

I had no problems setting up and starting my gaming,

on the UI you can do everything like manage wallet,

you can view your games and purchaces,

by visiting to the GameStick Market (also accessible by browser),

but unfortunately this device doesn’t have the Google Play Market,

and so the user cannot access the apps outside the GameStick Market.

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as for the Games there is a good but short list of games that is growing,

I have tried a handful of games and all of them played smoothly and just great,

the games are of course optimized to be played with a controller,

and so they play just as well.

 

its critical for GameStick to add more games to the catalog because this is what gives

them an edge over competition (Like Ouya),

which is something I’m looking forward to right now.

 

Conclusion

the GameStick is a gaming console,

its cheap but it doesn’t compete with PlayStation, Wii or Xbox in terms of games,

and the hardware (specs) while can be better but is performing well with current content.

speaking of the games I really wish I could use the games I purchased on my smartphone,

but I have to buy them from the GameStick, although they are cheap at $1-$5 each,

and I really wished for an emulator, a major downside is that I cannot Download such apps from the Play Market.

 

on the plus side, the GameStick is a fun device to play with

and is cheap console alternative for the younger children or the casual gamers,

and as for PlayJam I think its a good device  as a first portable big screen console,

I would love to see how the GameStick evolves,

so I will continue to support PlayJam to see how far they can go with this.

 

for more information, or if you’d like to buy GameStick go [Here]

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inFORM – Dynamic Shape Display

years and years ago people used to have tactile input on mobile devices,

now replaced with touch screen interface as a standard, we lack the old tactile feel while using phones.

 

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Enter inFORM, part of the MIT group called “Tangible Media Group“, they are working on creating a tangible user interface (TUI) instead of a graphical user interface (GUI), I love how inFORM works and I really wish in the future this technology will be compact enough that we can have a dynamic physical input in our pockets, inFORM has the ability to manipulate objects, display information and take input all in a tactile pixels interface rather than visual or graphical pixels interface.

 

check out the video below and the sources linked after:

 

  • inFORM official page, video source [here]
  •  the Tangible Media page [here]
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SCP-682

 

the SCP foundation website is a wiki page full of article of all kinds of object and creatures captured, secured and studied by the foundation, I first came across the site by someone linking this:

oh the horror

wtf is this ?

so apparently this is a reptile that has to be kept in acid so that its incapacitated, they also mention that they are trying to destroy the creature but so far they havent been successful in killing it, its a great wiki article and well written in a way that convincing, somewhat. I surely fell for it at first.

you can read the entry [Here] as for the picture, this is the source [Here]

I loved the SCP Foundation website and the imagination and work it took whoever is behind it to make such an interesting and imaginative (and scary) series of creatures and items that should be secured in a safe place away from people.

My favorite Entries are

  • SCP 173 (this is what started the SCP site)
  • SCP 409
  • SCP 031 ( I had a nightmare that looks exactly like this, creepy stuff)
  • SCP 914 (kinda funny, overall smart)
  • SCP 427 (made from combining SCP 500 and SCP 914)

check out the knowyourmeme entry on the SCP Foundation [Here]

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“Hell No” movie trailer

this horror movie is awesome

okay the trailer is fictitious but its still awesome

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Mirror’s Edge in real life

this is impressive, part cosplay part parkour and ALL AWESOME

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just an old desk with old desk stuff

This video will surprise you, at least twice

source [Here]

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this ad is crazy

Super cool Hot Pocket ad by Snoop Lion and Kate Upton.

Damn that cheese part was nice.

and don’t miss out on the Minecraft ripoff part, LOL.

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Simpsons Intro in Guilermo Del Toro Style

Del Toro is the genius director behind movies like “Pacific Rim”, “Blade 2″, “Hellboy” and “pans Labyrinth”.

check out the Simpsons Intro dedicated to his work

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Cute Baby doodles

Amber wheeler took a few photos of her son,

then she made a few sketches on them and they turned out really cute.

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Comparison between All iPhones

this is really nice,

someone do a Nexus version of this please.

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I have much respect for this girl

watch this and tell me you don’t LOVE that girl.

 

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Meme Hunters

this is a creepy little collaboration video by 4 people behind some of the memes.

I love the idea of this video, but sadly I only know two of these people.

I will give links to their meme pages:

  • Good Girl Gina [Here]
  • Sheltered College freshman [Here]
  • Bad Luck Brian [Here]
  • Overly attached girlfriend [Here]
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Waiting for the Gold (iPhone 5S)

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this is a short documentary on the events of last week,
the launch of the iPhone 5S

 

 

I’m not personally a big fan of iPhone, or waiting but the same kind of lines and camping behavior can be seen in video game launches.
I find it ironic that the people in line waiting for up to two are actually the most impatient people, they all wanted to get their iPhone first.
so what do you guys think? is it worth to wait for gold?

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weirdest dress review ever

well, I don’t wanna spoil it for you.

but you will know.

 

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